Office of the Auditor General Manitoba

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The Auditor General’s Office (formerly known as the Provincial Auditor’s Office) is a team of people dedicated to providing a service to the citizens of Manitoba. That service is to work with the members of the legislature to help build an environment of trust between the citizenry and public institutions.

The main purpose of this site is to provide easy access to our reports and a greater awareness of the role of the Auditor General. We encourage all visitors to join with us in a dialogue about improving the operations of public institutions in Manitoba.

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Report on Public Interest Disclosure Investigation at the Manitoba East Side Road Authority

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Auditor General of Manitoba, Norm Ricard, released his report today on Public Interest Disclosure Investigation at the Manitoba East Side Road Authority. On March 25, 2015 the Manitoba Ombudsman referred a disclosure made under to the Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblower Protection) Act to the Auditor General of Manitoba. The investigation focused on determining the validity of 5 allegations related to management practices.      

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Report on Manitoba East Side Road Authority

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WINNIPEG Auditor General of Manitoba, Norm Ricard, released his report today on the Manitoba East Side Road Authority. The east side road project was announced in 2008 with the aim to develop an all-season road for the remote and isolated communities on the east side of Lake Winnipeg that only have access to winter roads for a few weeks a year. The Manitoba East Side Road Authority was mandated to construct and maintain the east side road project and ensure that the construction was carried out in a manner that provided increased benefits for the east side communities. To act on its mandates, ESRA developed an Aboriginal Engagement Strategy. The strategy included the signing of Community Benefits Agreements with the First Nations communities. Benefits provided by the CBAs included training and mentoring by ESRA, as well as access to untendered pre-construction work contracts. Untendered contracts for pre-construction are awarded to newly established community owned construction corporations which were created as a requirement of the CBA.  

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Report on Manitoba Hydro’s Keeyask Process Costs and Adverse Effects Agreements with First Nations - September 2016

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WINNIPEG – Auditor General of Manitoba, Norm Ricard, released his report today on Manitoba Hydro’s Keeyask Process Costs and Adverse Effects Agreements with First Nations. Payments to First Nations with respect to Hydro development projects can be made for process costs and for adverse effects. Process cost payments are intended to reimburse First Nations for the costs incurred to negotiate a partnership agreement with Hydro. As part of the negotiation process, Hydro and First Nations identify adverse effects on communities. Adverse effects agreements include programs to mitigate or offset the effects. Up to March 31, 2015, Hydro had paid over $270 million for process costs and adverse effect programs related to four of its development projects, this includes $169 million related to the Keeyask project.

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Management of Provincial Bridges - July 21, 2016

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WINNIPEG – Auditor General of Manitoba, Norm Ricard, issued his latest report today: Management of Provincial Bridges.  Manitoba Infrastructure is responsible for over 3,000 Provincial bridges and large (bridge-sized) culverts, with a replacement value of about $9.2 billion. The audit examined processes related to bridge inspections, tracking and implementing inspectors’ recommendations, capital planning, and quality assurance procedures for bridge construction. The report contains 20 recommendations.

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Follow-up of Recommendations - June 2016

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WINNIPEG – Auditor General, Norm Ricard, today released his report, Follow-up of Recommendations, to the Speaker of the House for distribution to Members of the Manitoba Legislature. The report follows up the implementation status, as at June 30, 2015, of 368 recommendations included in performance audit reports issued between January 2012 and March 2014, and in reports related to the Office’s financial statement audit work for fiscal years since March 31, 2010. The statuses are reported as at June 30 2015 except for the Waiving of Competitive Bids recommendations which are reported as at October 30, 2015.

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Provincial efforts to help Aboriginal students succeed are not resulting in significantly improved graduation rates - January 2016

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WINNIPEG – Auditor General of Manitoba, Norm Ricard, today published his report on Improving Educational Outcomes for Kindergarten to Grade 12 Aboriginal students. The report notes that since 2004 the Manitoba government has committed to improve Aboriginal education outcomes and close the high school graduation gap. “Given government’s longstanding commitment to improve Aboriginal student outcomes, it is concerning that the Department’s most recent data shows only 55% of Aboriginal students are graduating from high school, compared to 96% of non-Aboriginal students—a gap that has widened since 2010 when the Department first started measuring results,” said Ricard. “As a result, we examined how well the Department of Education and Advanced Learning was managing its goal of narrowing this gap.”